🏅 A spring treat for athletics fans the Comeback 5000 returns to Battersea Park in 2024 for an evening of 5K action with a festival feel. Spectating is free!
Comeback 5000 returns after a memorable 2023 outing. In the elite women’s race, Belgrave Harriers’ Kate Axford (main picture) won in a time of 15:49.79. Axford held off a strong finish from another Belgrave Harrier athlete, Georgie Grgec, who finished in second. Aldershot, Farnham and District’s Amy Griffiths completed the podium places.
In the men’s elite race Zak Mahamed put on an superb exhibition of front-running to go one better than 2022 – when he finished second to Olympian Ben Connor – and take first place in a time of 13:47.43. Central AC’s Benn MacMillan was second. Andrew Milligan, who made the trip over to Battersea from Belfast, finished in third. Watch all the race action back from 2023 below.
This year the event is once again expected to feature no less than seven races. Who will triumph in 2024? All tracks lead to south-west London to find out at what promises to be a memorable evening of top-class athletics. Read on for the ‘ones to watch’ and a full race timetable.
INTRODUCING COMEBACK 5000
Organised by Meet Directors Lloyd Kempson and Steve Gardner and hosted by Belgrave Harriers, Comeback 5000 at the Battersea Park Millennium Arena is set to feature some of Great Britain’s top runners.
Twelve and a half laps of the track is the 5K distance that parkrun has made familiar to many, and today’s event offers a great opportunity to get up close up and personal with elite athletes as they take on the distance in the capital.
*Racing starts at 6.15pm with graded open races for club runners before concluding with the men’s and women’s elite races – a total of seven races in all, seeded by PB and getting progressively faster. Serious bragging rights at stake in the men’s and women’s elite races, see below for the fastest in the fields by PB.
*Note: timings subject to confirmation.
With music, beers and a festival vibe to accompany the action, the Battersea Park Millennium Arena is the place to be for the 2024 Comeback 5000 and what promises to be a memorable evening of top-class athletics.
ONES TO WATCH IN 2024
ELITE WOMEN – Will appear here when announced. Watch this space!
ELITE MEN: Will appear here when announced. Watch this space!
TICKETS, TIMINGS & TRAVEL
🎟️ Spectating at the Comeback 5000 is free.
🕒 Full race timetable will appear here as soon as published. In the meantime check out the 2023 timetable below as a guide.
🚊🚗 Travel tips: Travel by public transport is recommended. The nearest station to the track is Battersea Park railway station (served by trains from London Waterloo and Clapham Junction), a couple of minutes walk from the park. Battersea Power tube station, on the Northern Line, is a 5 minute walk away. The 156 and 344 buses also stop very near to the park. Plan your journey using the Transport for London website. On-street parking is available in roads surrounding the park but note local parking restrictions apply.
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